The Person Behind the Face: Review of Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’

By Samantha Bertolino The title Batuman chose is emblematic of Dostoevsky’s 19-century novel, in which Knyaz Myshkin’s goodness and simplicity fool others into believing that he lacks intuition and intelligence. In much of the same manner, Batuman’s central character, Selin, appears at times to be kind and uncomplicated, while in fact, she possesses quite a… More The Person Behind the Face: Review of Elif Batuman’s ‘The Idiot’